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Master of Computer Information Systems


Student presents in computer science class with Pam Fink, Ph.D.The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems program at St. Mary’s prepares students to manage a software development project from analysis, design, implementation, testing and maintenance to management of quality, budgets, deliverables and deadlines. The program is designed to provide a deep understanding of the hardware and software components of computer systems and the following:

  • Data communication and databases
  • Hardware organization and operating systems
  • Software analysis and design methodologies
  • Software implementation and testing

Students develop or deepen skills to analyze, design, implement and test stand-alone and embedded software systems. The department also offers a combined Bachelor of Arts/Science and Master of Science in Computer Information Systems that can be completed in as little as five years. An intensive course of study, undergraduate students can begin graduate course work during their senior year.

Two courses are taken from the Greehey School of Business.

Degree Plan

Master of Science in Computer Information Systems — Degree Plan

Program Highlights

The programs are known for their practical applications and real-world problem solving. Students are able to work effectively in groups and to present information to an audience. Prerequisites include computer programming skills and a mathematical maturity. The curriculum is continually updated to take advantage of new research findings and advances in technology and methodology. These programs offer students many advantages:

  • Current and relevant technical knowledge
  • Evening and daytime classes
  • Flexible curriculum including internship and research options
  • Small class sizes with supportive atmosphere
  • Faculty with theoretical and real-world experience and lessons
  • Academically stimulating community
  • Cooperative and collaborative learning environment

Computer scientists are in high demand in organizations that develop or use software. Most companies have information technology (IT) departments or at least an IT expert on staff. Typical employers include computer companies, research and development laboratories, educational organizations, entertainment industries, aerospace contractors, financial institutions, telecommunication sector, and government agencies. Types of positions held by graduates of the Computer Science program include consultant, director, analyst, operations officer, programmer, quality assurance representative, software engineer, and technical director, to name a few.

The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems is sometimes offered off-campus at various locations, and some courses are offered in a hybrid or online format.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have taken programming classes including data structures and object-oriented programming.

For specific admission requirements, visit the catalog.

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